April 1-4, 2014
University of San Carlos
Talamban, Cebu City
ASBP Convention 2014
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Forging Partnerships For Understanding and Conserving Biodiversity
The 23rd Philippine Biodiversity Symposium is the first joint meeting of the Wildlife Conservation Society of the Philippines (WCSP) and the Association of Systematic Biologists of the Philippines (ASBP). This event aims to emphasize the need to work with other sectors and disciplines in addressing biodiversity conservation issues in the country.
Our conference therefore rises to the occasion by rallying many concerned parties from all walks of life, from the portals of the academe, the active think tanks among policy- makers and NGOs and the workers on the ground to jointly explore and discuss viable solutions to the mounting challenges before us. We are bound by our common desire to know, understand, protect and conserve our rich biodiversity which forms an integral part of the Filipino natural heritage and which to a large part defines our Filipino na- tional identity. What biological heritage in its current sorry state that we have inherited from our forefathers, we must appreciate and nurture in a sustainable way to pass along someday to the next generations of Filipinos as part of an intangible legacy that only a well-informed and caring Filipino nation can do to its future citizens. Our generation will be held accountable by those who follow our path and will be judged by history for our actions. We hope that our conference will serve to remind us of this and other important consequences.
–Evangelista, L.T. (President 2013-2014, ASBP)